Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball: Frequently Asked Questions
PWGFS Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is PWGFS?
A. Prince William Girls Fastpitch Softball offers an opportunity for girls ages 5 to 18 years old to participate in organized fastpitch softball. Teams are broken down into five divisions, (8U) 8 and Under, (10U) 10 and Under, (12U) 12 and Under, (14U) 14 and Under, (16U) 16 and Under, and (18U) 18 and Under. The 8U and 10U divisions focus on the fundamentals of softball and are geared towards girls that have never played softball or who have some playing experience. The 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U divisions are more competitive and prepare the girls for Middle School and High School softball. However, girls of all levels of experience and skills are welcome in any of the age groups. It is never too late to start playing softball.
Q. What age bracket does my daughter belong in?
A. PWGFS, along with USA Softball, classifies a player's age as of January 1st of the current year for determining a player's eligibility. For example: If a player turns 11 on February 3rd, although it occurs before the season begins, she will be considered 10U eligible for the entire calendar year. Our registration is set up accordingly and will automatically place a player in the correct age group based on her birth date.
PWGFS will consider allowing "play up" requests
Q. My daughter has never played softball before. Is that a
A. Not at all. PWGFS is a recreational league and teams at all age levels are comprised of players of all skill levels. If you want to get a jump on your first season or improve your skills after you've played a little, consider our week-long summer camps in July and our Sunday afternoon winter clinics in February.
Q. When is registration?
A. Registration for the Spring 2018 Season runs from December 1, 2017 through March 26, 2018 (early registration will be discounted $25 through February 23, 2018)
Q. How can I register my daughter?
A: Click on the "Registration Information" tab on the home page of the PWGFS website. Then create or sign in to your Active League account and follow the instructions.
You may register online. (Online payments can be made or mailed in from online registration)
Q. Does PWGFS hold tryouts?
A. PWGFS holds a Player Skills Assessment before the Spring season. Attendance is strongly encouraged to allow coaches to properly evaluate the players for their teams. Every player who registers is placed on a team and players who miss Skills Assessment will be assigned to teams by a blind hat-pick draft procedure. The 8U division is not required to attend the Skills Assessment, because the teams will be formed in a different manner, but are encouraged to attend in order to possibly be evaluated to "play up" or when requesting to enter the Player Pool. For the Fall, no Skills Clinic is held; players who return from the Spring season are placed on the same teams, and new players are placed on teams using our blind hat-pick draft procedure.
Q. When is the Player Skills Assessment?
A. Each Spring, usually in mid-March. This season, the Skills Assessment will be held at Competitive Edge on March 10, 2018.
Q. Where does PWGFS play?
A. All PWGFS practices and games are played in Eastern Prince William County, mainly in the Dale City area. Please see the Field Locations tab.
Q. When does the season start?
A. The 2018 Spring Season will begin on April 14, 2018. Team practices will begin April 1, 2018.
Q. What days do they usually play?
The league schedules games each day of the week, though we try to avoid Sundays. In special
circumstances, we may occasionally get permission from the PWC Park Authority to
use fields on Sundays, in order to make up games that were cancelled due to weather.
Q. Who coaches the teams?
A. PWGFS coaches are all volunteers. They are mostly parents. In some cases they may be an individual that is interested in coaching but, does not have a child on the team. ALL PWGFS coaches are certified and background checked through the USA Softball ACE Coach Certification Program. ALL PWGFS coaches also complete mandatory training in recognizing concussion symptoms.
Q. I am interested in coaching a team. What should I do?
A. Please visit our Volunteer Information Page. You will be required to take the USA Softball certifcation and concussion training. In addition, email us at: mailto:email@example.com to let us know. Especially if you are new to coaching, we also recommend that you attend the Summer Camps and Winter Clinics held by the league. A PWGFS representative will be happy to call you to answer any further questions you may have.
Q. Does PWGFS offer programs other than in the spring?
A. Yes, PWGFS offers both spring and fall seasons. In addition, we offer Summer Camps in July and Winter Clinics (Pitching, Hitting, and Fielding) in January-March. Please visit our Camps & Clinics Page for more details and the Calendar for exact dates.
Q. What does the U stand for after each age group?
A. The U means & UNDER. For example: 8U is 8 and Under.
Q. Are registered players required to attend the Winter & Summer Clinics?
A. No, players are not required to attend clinics. PWGFS clinics are open to all players whether registered or not as long as they attend the clinic listed for their appropriate age group. Clinics review basic fundamental skills as well as advance techniques.
Q. Can I donate old equipment that my daughter(s) have outgrown?
A. Yes, any equipment donation will be accepted. These donations will go towards players and teams at all age levels to use if needed. There is always a need for a well used glove or bat, catchers gear, etc...
Q. My daughter has been playing slow-pitch softball and is considering fast-pitch, is there a difference?
A. Yes there is a difference, but almost all players can make the adjustments. First, the hitting is different because you're hitting a faster pitched ball that arrives at the plate at a different angle to the bat. Second, bunting, base stealing, and other strategies are much more integral to the game from the 10u level on up. Third, fastpitch and its action-packed game play is what middle school, high school, and colleges play exclusively.
Q. What is the PWGFS season schedule like?
A. In the spring and fall, PWGFS has a 10 game regular season schedule culminating with a single elimination style tournament in each age division excluding 8U. Games are held weekday evenings, usually after 6:00 pm due to area traffic, and on Saturdays. Generally, 8U and 10U play at 6:00 on weeknights, older divisions play at 7:45. Game schedules are not available until after registration and drafts are complete.
Q. How are my registration fees used?
A. Keep in mind that PWGFS is a 501c Non-Profit organization. PWGFS exists to provide local girls in the community with an opportunity to play organized softball and not to make a profit. Registration fees are based on an operating budget that attempts to include all cost associated with running a league.
Q. What is the mailing address for the league?
A. Our mailing address is: PO Box 2709 Woodbridge VA 22195